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Archive for November, 2007

What’s happening in Perth and Fremantle, Western Australia in December 2007, covering the bigger concerts, festivals and a bit of comedy and theatre!

See more events in what’s on this week and the event calendar. Please submit events that are missing.

Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 December 2007


Ministry of Sound: The Annual at Supreme Court Gardens on Sunday 2 December 2007

Missy Higgins with Tim Rogers at Belvoir Amphitheatre on Sunday 2 December 2007

Ernest Ranglin at the Railway Hotel (Freo) on Sunday

Faker at Newport Hotel on 2 December

Lifetime at Rosemount Hotel on Sunday

Dionne Warwick with WASO at PCEC on Monday 3 December

The Bouncing Souls at Amplifier on Tuesday 4 December

No Carols Allowed! with Courtney Murphy (Cabaret) at His Majesty’s Theatre from 4 to 15 December

The Wiggles at Burswood Dome on Wednesday 5 and 6 December 2007

East African Fusion at the Court Hotel on Thursday 6 December

Meat Katie at Ambar on Friday 7 December

Paul van Dyk at Metro City on Friday

Resist Tour with Carpathian, Irrelevant, 50 Lions at Amplifier on Friday

Frenzal Romb at Capitol on Saturday 8 December

Dance Music Awards Party at the Rosemount Hotel on Sunday 9 December

Jebediah at Newport Hotel on Sunday

Symphony in the City – free classical concert on The Esplanade in Perth on Sunday from 7.30pm


Byte Me! Festival from 1 to 9 December 2007, to coincide with Graphite.

Subiaco Street Festival on Sunday 2 December (2 to 6pm)

East Fremantle Festival on Sunday 2 December from 2 to 8pm

BAZAAR at Fremantle Arts Centre – Sunday 2 December

City of Perth Festival of Christmas with a free family concert on Friday 7 December and the Christmas Pageant through Perth on Saturday 8 December

The HARVEST FESTIVAL & Artisans Market Launch at City Farm on Saturday 8 December

Outdoor cinema at various venues

Monday 10 to Sunday 16 December 2007


No Carols Allowed! with Courtney Murphy (Cabaret) at His Majesty’s Theatre from 4 to 15 December

Tegan and Sara at Metropolis Freo on 10 December 2007

Behemoth at Amplifier Bar on 11 December

Tex Perkins with James Cruickshank at the Indi Bar on 12 December, Civic Hotel on 14 December and the Leopold on 15 December

The Gossip at Capitol on 13 December

Lior at the Quarry Amphitheatre on 13 December and the Fly By Night on 14 December

Reel Big Fish & Less Than Jake at Metro City on 14 December

Liam Finn at the Rocket Room on 14 December and the Norfolk on 15 December

Evening on The Green – Lionel Richie + Marcia Hines at Sandalford Wines on Saturday 15 December

Paul Kelly at Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday

Daft Punk at The Esplanade on 16 December


Twilight Christmas in the Park in East Perth – Thursday 13 December

Corinne Grant (comedian) at the Charles Hotel (Comedy Lounge) on Thursday

City of Perth Festival of Christmas with a free family concert on Friday and other things.

WAI CON – Anime Conference at PCEC on Saturday and Sunday

Tripod Christmas Show at Perth Zoo on Saturday

The Marijuana-logues at Cinema Port Comedy Theatre on Saturday

Outdoor cinema at various venues

Monday 17 to Sunday 23 December 2007


Ash Grunwald at the Indi Bar on 20 December, Fly By Night Club on 22 December and the Indi Bar again on 23 December

The Divinyls at Fremantle Oval on Saturday 22 December 2007

Seriously Sound System (RTR Event) at Hyde Park on Saturday


Tim Minchin (comedian) live at the Maj from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 December

Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) with Eric Idle at the Perth Concert Hall on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December

City of Perth Festival of Christmas with free family Christmas Nativity show from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 December at Forrest Place

Outdoor cinema at various venues

Monday 24 to Sunday 30 December 2007


Breakfest with Plump DJ’s, Stanton Warriors, Fun Loving Criminals at Belvoir Amphitheatre on 26 December 2007 (Boxing Day)

Chuck Love at Ambar Niteclub on 28 December 2007

Rollercoaster Festival (Hilltop Hoods, Black Keys, Shihad, Jebediah etc) in Mandurah on 29 December 2007

Vanilla Ice at Metro City on 30 December 2007


Hyundai Hopman Cup XX at Burswood Dome from Saturday 29 December to Friday 4 January 

Outdoor cinema at various venues 

Monday 31 December 2007 to Sunday 6 January 2008


Separate post about new years eve events 2007! Some quick mentions: Jebediah and more at Amplifier, End of Fashon, Dalles Crane and more at Gloucester Park, Hoodoo Gurus and The Stems at Mulberry on Swan.

New Years Day 2008 – Perth Cup, Hed Kandi@Leederville Hotel, djs at The Deen.

Southbound Festival in Busselton from 4 to 6 January 2008 – Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Groove Armada, The Waifs etc etc

Daryl Braithwaite & Mental As Anything – Friday 4 January at Mundaring Weir Hotel

Amon Amarth at Amplifier on 5 January 2008

Steve Poltz at the Fly By Night on 5 January

VANS Boys of Summer Tour featuring SILVERSTEIN at Capitol on 5 January 2008

Summadayze at Supreme Court Gardens on 6 January 2008

The Special Beat feat Neville Staples at Newport Hotel on 6 January 2008

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Metropolis Fremantle on 6 January 2008


Separate posts about New years eve 2007 and New Years Day 2008.

Hyundai Hopman Cup XX at Burswood Dome from Saturday 29 December to Friday 4 January

Outdoor cinema at various venues

“What’s on in January 2008″ due out in the last week of December!

Matchbox TwentyMatchbox Twenty are touring Australia in 2008 and will perform in Perth at Burswood Dome on Tuesday 15 April.

Nearly five years had elapsed since their last studio album, and in the interim, singer Rob Thomas had launched a chart-topping solo career. So, despite some 28 million records sold across three multi-platinum albums, a remarkable string of hit singles, and fan demand for the band’s return to active duty running hot, fully restarting the MATCHBOX engine nevertheless remained in question.

Tickets on sale from Ticketek on 14 December.

Matchbox Twenty official website

smashing pumpkins


Last year the first V Festival was held in Australia. This year it’s back, and it’s also coming to Perth!

The following bands will perform at The Esplanade in Perth city on Sunday 6 April 2008.

The Smashing Pumpkins
Duran Duran
Queens of the Stone Age
The Jesus & Mary Chain
The Presets
The Tough Alliance
Plug In City

2nd announcement:
Modest Mouse
Roisin Murphy
Hot Hot Heat
The Rakes
Cut Copy
Glass Candy

Virgin Mobile Venue:
Doom & Hoodrat
Munk (Gomma)
Mike Simonetti (Italians do it better)
Andeee van Damage

Duran Duran - V Festival

Since its inception 12 years ago in the UK, V Festival has prided itself on creating line-ups that combine an intangible, eclectic hand-picked mix of the absolute iconic with the new and the cutting-edge, and in true V style you’ll witness first time visitors popping their Antipodean musical cherries alongside star-spangled and seasoned tour veterans.

Tickets on sale from 6 December for $125 + booking fee.

More info at the V Festival website.

Queens of the Stone Age1 dollar from every ticket goes to Virgin Unite, the charitable arm of the Virgin Group.

(If you’re thinking I missed Air on the list… no. Unfortunately they won’t make it to Perth. Air have now been announced for their own show, at King’s Park on 27 March! )

Marroon 5 Maroon 5 return to Australia and perform in Perth at Burswood Dome on Friday 28 March 2008.

It’s an all ages show, and support will come from OneRepublic, Brandi Carlile and Ry Cuming.

Maroon 5’s debut album Songs About Jane was a resounding success in Australia, topping the charts and notching up five time platinum sales. Drawing inspiration from Prince and Michael Jackson, their follow up album It Won’t Be Soon Before Long presented a more mature and confident Maroon 5 to the world.

Tickets from Ticketek from 7 December, for $92.00

Maroon 5 website

Venue: Burswood Dome

The Black CrowesThe Black Crowes perform in Perth at Challenge Stadium on Wednesday 26 March 2008.

The Black Crowes are one of the few contemporary bands who have also shared the stage with Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead and many other legendary artists. They are without doubt one of the greatest American rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time and they are touring Australia in March/April 2008.

Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster from 29 November (internet presale) between $80 and $120.

The Black Crowes official website

Venue: Challenge Stadium

Byte Me! ByteMe! Festival is a showcase of digital content in its many forms: computer games, animation, mobile phone content, blogs, podcasts, digital photography, web and multimedia design, VJing, electronic music, music videos etc. Digital content is everywhere and part of every industry!

This is the first time this event has been held, and there’s a great line-up of international speakers: people who are working for Dreamworks, EA Games, The Weta Workshop and more.

Some of the events….

Saturday 1 December – Live video performance outside on a big projection screen in a secret CBD location, with international VJ’s. FREE family friendly event from about 8.30, venue announced on website on Saturday, though met outside Perth Town Hall.

Daily from Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 December:

Free Mini Expo in Perth Town Hall with WA-made computer games, free content for mobile phones and info about digital careers.

Ghost Town – Free innovative game using your mobile phone (needs blue tooth), explore Perth while you’re at it!

Get Reel – screenings of WA Digital Content

Animated Life Sunday 2 Dec – An Animated Life – International guest speaker who’s worked on ‘Happy Feet’ and more.

Monday 3 Dec – Figwit – Lord of the Rings Documentary, Green Carpet Screening

Wednesday 5 Dec – Music, Video, Art – Perth music video clips, and discussion

Thursday 6 Dec – Animation show and tell with internation speaker from Dreamworks, etc

Saturday 8 Dec – Visual FX Revealed – International speaker from Weta Workshop who worked on King Kong and Lord of the Rings.

Sunday – 9 Dec – Animation/Games – International speaker from EA Games and Stephen Grant who works on Dogstar.

BarcampNano – unconference showcasing web2.0 community in WA, organised by the Australian Web Industry Association. Free event.

See the full program and more information about each event and the speakers on the ByteMe! Festival website!

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson returns to tour Australia and will perform in Perth at Members Equity Stadium on Saturday 29 March 2008.

Matt Costa will be supporting.

Touring once again with long time band members Adam Topol (drums), Merlo Podelewski (bass) and relative newcomer Zach Gill (keys).
Expect to hear all the hits from the past 3 albums, alongside material from the forthcoming record ‘Sleep Through The Static’, to be released in February.

Tickets go on sale Friday 7 December through Ticketmaster.

Jack Johnson official website

The highlights of what’s on in Perth, Western Australia this week(end), from Monday 26 November to Sunday 2 December 2007.

Also check out the Perth Event Calendar for other events and please submit events that I’m missing. Have a good week!


Subiaco Street Festival on Sunday 2 December (2 to 6)

West End Festival – Friday 23 to Saturday 1 December

Arj Barker (comedian) at His Majesty’s Theatre from 28 November to 1 December

Byte Me! Festival from 1 to 9 December 2007, to coincide with Graphite. Separate post coming…!

Osborne Park ‘City of Stirling’ Agricultural Show Friday 30 Nov/ Saturday 1 Dec

BAZAAR at Fremantle Arts Centre – Saturday and Sunday

Jump Mania (monster trucks) at Burswood Dome on Saturday 1 December

The Alphabet City Festival 2007 – till 1 December

SoCo Cargo in Northbridge from 8 November to 1 December

City of Wanneroo’s Beach to Bush Festival – many free concerts/events throughout November (Saturday 17 Nov – James Blundell at the Wanneroo Showgrounds)

Ironman Triathlon in Busselton (3 hrs south of Perth) on Sunday


Architecture in Helsinki at Capitol on 28 November

Xavier Rudd at Fremantle Arts Centre on 28 (all ages) and 29 (18+) November

Bobby Flynn & Omega 3 at SoCo Cargo on Thursday

Lime Spiders at Amplifier Bar on Friday 30 November and Mojos on Saturday

Noiseworks, Choirboys at Metro City on 30 November

Spring in Sao Paulo (RTR event) at SoCo Cargo on Friday

The Veronicas at Burswood Theatre on 30 November

Bjorn Again at King’s Park on 30 November

James Reyne and Mark Seymour at the Leopold on 30 November and Mundaring Weir Hotel on 1 December

Crosby, Stills and Nash – Evening on the Green at King’s Park on Saturday 1 December

Faker at Rosemount Hotel on 1 December and Newport on 2 December

Ministry of Sound: The Annual at Supreme Court Gardens on Sunday 2 December

Missy Higgins with Tim Rogers at Belvoir Amphitheatre on 2 December 2007 (sold out)

Jimmy Barnes at Lancelin (couple of hrs north of Perth) on Sunday

SoCo Cargo in Northbridge from 8 November to 1 December

For other gigs check out the calendar and this comprehensive gig guide. Also, browse the Perth Concerts List occasionally for future gigs, I don’t write posts for many of them!


Aladdin – The Pantomime at Old Mill Theatre from 23 November to 8 December

Office Hours by Harbour Theatre from 23 November till 1 December

Lipstick and Hessian at The Blue Room from 27 Nov till 15 December

Dirty Pretty Nails at at The Blue Room from 28 Nov till 15 December

Memmie Le Blanc by deckchair theatre at Victoria Hall Freo from 8 November to 2 December

The Alphabet City Festival 2007 – 9 November to 1 December

Foo FightersThe Foo Fighters return to Australia for arena shows and this time they also come to Perth!
Dave Grohl and the rest of the band will perform at Burswood Dome on 21 April 2008. It’ll be an all ages show!

The already platinum Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace is the Foo Fighters at the top of their game. The band’s sixth studio album has been regaled by the press worldwide. Foo Fighters’ 12 years plus experience of headlining stadiums and festivals the world over has molded them into possibly the most consistent arena rock juggernaut of the new millennium.

Support: The Mess Hall and Kaki King

Tickets on sale 29 November from Ticketek for $103.05
After the Perth show they also perform in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Foo Fighters official website

Australian Idol For the first time, there will be an Idol Winner’s Journey. The winner of the tv show Australian Idol (either Matt Corby or Natalie Gauci, you find out tonight!) will be performing at Burswood Theatre on Saturday 24 January 2008.

They’ll be supported by whoever the runner up will be, so you’ll see them both.

The Winner’s Journey Tour will feature the key songs and performances that made this year’s winner a star. From the soaring ballads to the “touchdowns” the live show will focus on those songs that made this year’s journey so special. On top of this a few brand new songs from the winner will be previewed so fans can get an immediate taste of what is forthcoming from their Idol. There will also be the opportunity during post show signing sessions to get up close and personal with your Idol favourites.

Tickets on sale from Ticketek from 26 November for $66 and $77.

Winner’s Journey Tour website

Australian Idol website

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